As the NBA prepared for the big Christmas party yesterday, a breaking news broke from Cleveland and it directly concerns Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The latter has indeed just been extended after the Cavs’ kiffy start to the season!

Already on our podium in the Coach of the Year race, J.B. Bickerstaff is unstoppable right now. Because, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski points out, Jean-Baptiste signed a contract extension with Cleveland for several years. The one who replaced John Beilein after the fiasco at the start of the 2019-20 season is now linked with the Ohio franchise until the 2026-27 season. The message is clear from the Cavaliers: Bickerstaff is “the man for the job to guide Cleveland to a bright future,” in the words of general manager Koby Altman. “His leadership, his coaching experience and his dedication to player development helped build real trust throughout the franchise,” Koby also added to justify his decision. A decision that is finally justified quite easily when we see the work carried out by J.B. this year. Because even if Bickerstaff did not really inspire us confidence before the start of the season, even if we liked to laugh at his idea of ​​associating three greats in the five with the legendary Lauri Markkanen in 3, he is today the one of the big reasons behind the Cavaliers’ successful campaign so far.

ESPN Sources: Amid a dramatic franchise transformation, Cleveland Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff has agreed on a long-term extension that’ll keep him under contract through the 2026-2027 season. More in minutes on ESPN NBA Countdown:

Overall record of 19 wins from 13 losses, a place in the Top 5 in the East despite a fairly hardcore schedule, one of the best defenses in the NBA, a very kiffy team to watch, veterans who do the job like Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, young people who have fun like Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen… In short, this is the dream scenario for the Cavaliers fan base, who had struggled to find a smile since the departure of LeBron James . A record that is all the more impressive than Cleveland had to do with certain absences (injuries, COVID …), not to mention the injury of Collin Sexton. The common thread in the midst of it all is J.B. Bickerstaff, who has managed to get his point across and who seems to have put Cleveland on the path to success. A success he deserves to know given the solid foundation he has just laid with the Cavaliers. A solid foundation that could allow these Cavs to truly become a team that matters in the years to come within the Eastern Conference, notably through the progressions of Mobley, Garland and Allen.

Big big job done by J.B. Bickerstaff this year, and logically rewarded job for the Cleveland coach. A contract until 2027, it may seem a bit far like that and the Cavaliers will obviously have to confirm their big start to the season, but the leaders felt that Jean-Baptiste ticked absolutely all the boxes to guide the team well. ‘Ohio, unable to reach the Playoffs without LeBron since… 1998.

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